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Fordcombe Governors

Fordcombe CE Primary School's Current Local Governing Body  
Alongside Mr Blackburn (Headteacher), we currently have eight school Governors whose roles are broadly to monitor some areas of work/strategies with a view to the school improving teaching and outcomes, closing the gap in performance for disadvantaged students and the school implementation of statutory requirements on matters such as Special Educational Needs. 



Reverend Lisa Cornell

Trust Governor


Mrs Lindsay Relf    

Trust Governor          

Mrs Lorna Townsend     

Parent Governor               



Mr Andrew Miles

Staff Governor     

Mr Mark Hurst     

Trust Governor                   


Mrs Sue Woods

Chair of Governors




Mrs Chloe Archard 

Parent Governor

Mr Chris Blackburn




Our school can have up to nine governors - please see below for details of Governor opportunities at the school.




Governor type

Date appointed

Mr Christopher Blackburn



1st October 2018

The Revd Lisa Cornell


Tenax appointed

23rd November 2021

Mrs Lorna Townsend


Elected parent

23rd January 2023

Mr Andrew Miles


Elected staff

08 February 2023

Mrs Lindsay Relf Tenax appointed30th January 2023
Mr Mark Hurst Tenax appointed26th July 2023
Mrs Sue WoodsChairTenax appointed31st August 2023
Ms Chloe Archard Elected parent22nd November 2023



The Tenax Schools Trust appoints all governors with the exception of the two parent governors who are elected by parents, and the staff governor who is elected by staff.


Our Local Governing Body (LGB) meets once every other term, three times a year.

The roles and responsibilities of the LGB are:

  • Standards and Safeguarding
  • Ethos, Character and Local Traditions
  • Working with Parents and the Local Community


Further details of the LGB's roles and responsibilities are contained in the Terms of Reference document below.


Individual governors also take on specific responsibilities as “link governors” for areas of the curriculum and aspects of the school’s life. These are detailed in the Further Governor Information document below.


The LGB can be contacted in writing via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Ms Laura Ives, either by post using the school postal address or by email to


We are very fortunate to have such an active, dedicated board of governors who regularly come into school and share in the learning and teaching taking place at Fordcombe.


For details of the Tenax School Trust's governance arrangements, please click here.


Local governor opportunity

We are currently looking for governors from our local community to join our school’s Local Governing Body. Our governors come from a range of backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best education and outcomes for the children in our school.


We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is:

·         Interested in children’s education and the performance of the school

·         Has spare time and energy for the role

·         Is able to work well as part of a team

·         Has an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues which affect the school

·         Considers matters objectively and makes informed judgements


Governors gain a great deal from their work and time they contribute. It gives them a charitable opportunity to serve the local community, contribute to children’s education, and a chance to help realise their own potential by learning new skills and practise existing ones.


For more details, please see the information sheet below or email


Further information can also be found in the Tenax Governance Plan.

See also the GDPR - Privacy Notice for Volunteers and Governors on our Policies page.